Michelle Obama has been upping her media presence as she promotes her new book on the White House garden
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Michelle Obama is making the rounds this week to promote her new book about her home-grown garden at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, American Grown. In the process she's putting a friendly face on the Obama campaign, while also shooting down rumors that she harbors political aspirations of her own.
New York Times columnist Frank Bruni breathed life into the not-entirely-uncommon speculation that Mrs. Obama is eyeing a second act in which she takes center stage, writing last week that he'd heard "murmurings" that she was considering a 2016 run for the Senate.
But that's not so, Obama told the ladies of The View on Tuesday, declaring that she has absolutely "no interest in politics." That denial echoes a similar response she gave in a Monday interview with USA Today, where she said that there was "no chance at all" that she'd follow in the footsteps of Hillary Clinton.
Tuesday's appearances come at the start of a full-on media tour for the first lady. In addition to visits to The View and Good Morning America, she is also set to sit down with Jon Stewart on Tuesday evening, followed by appearances on LIVE! with Kelly on Wednesday, and then the Rachael Ray Show on Thursday, Politico notes. While the media blitz is ostensibly tied to the book launch, it's also giving her husband's team the chance to get plenty of press for the popular first lady at a time when her husband has gone negative in the early stages of the general election campaign.